Daly City may sit in the shadows of San Francisco, but it rises above the rest with its fantastic beaches and breathtaking views. Thornton State Beach is great for hiking and horseback riding, but it’s not currently open to the public. Only locals have access, due in part to the many landslides. Meanwhile, dramatic bluffs mark one of the area’s hidden gems. Just ten minutes from Downtown San Francisco, Burton Memorial Beach is famous for it’s cool ocean breeze. Read on and take a visit to Daly Cith Californa!
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Daly City Weather (When to Visit)
Average temperatures in Daly City vary little. If you’re looking for the very best (warmest) time to visit Daly City, the hottest months are July thru September. The temperature high is 78.4°F with temperatures rarely dropping below 57.1°F at night. The busiest months for tourism June thru August. Prices for hotels and flights will be at their highest during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance.
Best Daly City Area Beaches
Phillip Burton Memorial Beach
Burton Beach is at the foot of a large open hillside next to the Olympic Club Golf Course which straddles the line between San Francisco and San Mateo County. You can explore the deep cave at Burton Beach. At low tides, many picturesque wooden posts stick up out of the sand which make for stunning sunset photos.
Thornton State Beach
The park is known for the hiking and equestrian trails on the bluff terraces high above the waterline. Thornton Beach is best at low tides as during higher tides the entire beach can be wet. Take a coat if you plan a trip down to this beach, as it can be windy, foggy, and cold.
Mile Rock Beach at Lands End
Mile Rock Beach is in a small cove tucked below the Lands End Viewpoint. Mile Rock Beach is rocky, small, and littered with logs. At high tide the shore will be quite narrow, but when it’s out, you can explore the boulder-covered beach south of here.
Fort Funston Beach
Fort Funston is known for windy conditions and the hang-glider platform at the edge of the bluff. If the forecast calls for high wind, go to another local beach. There are hiking trails along the bluff and two routes down to the beach. Back at the parking lot there is a wooden observation platform that offers stunning views of the beach and the ocean.
Mussel Rock Park Beach
Mussel Rock Park is made up of a lot of trails connecting to paragliding launch points on a hillside in south Daly City. The shoreline below the park has lots of boulders with little sand exposed. There is a sandy beach at the north end of the park. To find sand you’ll have to hike north on the trail above the rocks until it ends and look for a route down to the beach.
Best Daly City Tours & Activities by Viator
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive – Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Drive down one of the most scenic roads in California on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Cruise along the coast-hugging Highway 1, passing the mansions of Pebble Beach on the iconic 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy free time to explore Monterey, where you can stroll down Steinbeck’s Cannery Row or visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Browse the ritzy boutiques of Carmel-by-the-Sea and get a glimpse of Silicon Valley’s tech campuses on the return drive to San Francisco. Learn more about the Monterey, Carmel & 17-Mile Drive.
Napa and Sonoma Wine Country – Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Escape to California’s famous wine country on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Taste regional varietals at multiple wineries in Napa and Sonoma, including both big-name and family-run estates. Learn about the winemaking process during guided tours of vineyards and barrel rooms, and savor the area’s gourmet culture with a stop for lunch in charming Sonoma Square Plaza. Learn more about the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour.
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 3 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 24 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Your ticket includes a walking tour of Chinatown. Choose the Premium or Deluxe pass for additional upgrades including a night bus tour or a trolley tour in nearby Sausalito. Learn more about the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise
What better way to end a day in San Francisco than a sunset catamaran cruise? Sail across San Francisco Bay at twilight to admire the city skyline as it begins to light up for the night. With an experienced captain at the helm, you’ll glide past Alcatraz Island and cruise underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Light hors d’oeuvres and two drinks are included. Learn more about the San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise.
Muir Woods & Wine Country w/ optional Gourmet Lunch
For one of the best wine country tours from San Francisco, combine a visit to Northern California wine country with a Muir Woods experience for a truly fabulous day out. This Super Saver provides two popular tours at one discount price, allowing you to see and taste the delights of Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties. You’ll begin with a walk through Muir Woods National Monument with an informative guide to stare up in wonder at the towering redwood trees. Then you'll visit three wineries, with wine-tasting included. You’ll also cross the Golden Gate Bridge and have free time on Sonoma Plaza to buy lunch if you haven't opted to upgrade to the lunch option. Learn more about the Muir Woods & Wine Country Tour.
Best Daly City Restaurants
Lisa's Mexican Restaurant $11 – 30
This is one of the best restaurants in Daly City. If you love Mexican food, this is the place for you. Though it may be small, their food definitely isn’t. With their big portions, this food is sure to fill you up and make you happy. They have a lot of different dishes to choose from, so you could have something different every time you visit. Telephone: 650 756 6289 Web: Lisa's Mexican Restaurant
Keith's Chicken N Waffles $11 – 30
Signature fried chicken, specialty waffles, and infused waffles. They are the only chicken and waffle on the peninsula. Experience great fried chicken – hot and crispy and seasoned perfectly. Great waffles – Belgium and Red Velvet. Soul food sides – amazing Mac and cheese, greens, cornbread, baked beans, etc. And with no room left, really good peach cobbler for the road. Telephone: 415-347-7208 Web: Keith's Chicken N Waffles
California Fish Grill $11 – 30
Savor their open kitchen as vegetables and herbs are chopped, fish is hand battered, and meals are cooked on our signature flame grill. Open a bottle of wine and enjoy an appetizer, while they cook and prepare everything by hand. It’s hard work… but for us, it’s worth it. Telephone: 650-517-5712 Web: California Fish Grill
Boulevard Cafe $11 – 30
Just about everything on their menu is prepared from scratch including soups, dressings, and sauces. They use sustainable raised grass-fed beef and fresh seafood. Their poultry is free of hormones, antibiotics and delivered fresh, never frozen. Paired with their warm and inviting ambiance and friendly service, Boulevard Cafe hopes to make your dining experience a memorable and satisfying one. Telephone: 650-755-3400 Web: Boulevard Cafe
Burma Cafe $11 – 30
Their chefs are very meticulous about food preparation, taste and overall quality to make sure your experience with Burmese delicacies is a pleasant one. Their variety of salads, soups, curries and noodles can be paired perfectly with any of their specialty drinks, including beers and wines. Telephone: 650-992-6363 Web: Burma Cafe
Best Nightlife in Daly City
This is the best dive bar. They serve excellent tiki-tropical cocktails at a great price. Nice backyard patio, great bartenders, and interesting regulars. Warm fireplace for those windy Pacifica nights. A perfect hang-out. Telephone: 650-355-5111 Web: Surf Lounge
Longboard Margarita Bar
They specialize in an array of delicious margaritas using fresh ingredients including fresh squeezed lime juice, agave nectar and our fresh fruit purees made in house. Along with our margaritas, we offer 11 beers on tap as well as a full bar to meet any taste. They provide live entertainment every weekend ranging from 70’s and 80’s rock and popular music to all of today’s favorite hits. Telephone: 650-738-5905 Web: Longboard Margarita Bar
They are a tiki (Hula) themed restaurant supporting Bay Area (Hoops) sports featuring remarkable classic and contemporary exotic cocktails made with fresh juices, and house-made syrups. Telephone: 650-952-3255 Web: Hula Hoops
Brew @ 382
A lot of thought (and tastings!) went into the development of the beer and wine list, which prominently features several Bay Area breweries and wineries and a few highlights from beyond the Bay. Telephone: 650-989-8096 Web: Brew @ 382
This is a cantina and latin bar. Just get a bucket of corona for around $15 and have fun listening to old school latin music. Have fun. This isn't a place to have high expectations. You literally just go here for beers and conversation. Web: Gino's Club
Established in 1883 and an Irish tavern this bar has plenty of atmosphere, memorabilia and sits in the middle of the Colma cemetery district and has been the venue for wakes for the past century and more. An experience that has to be gone through to appreciate. Telephone: 650-270-4853 Web: Molloy's Tavern